For almost 3 years the team at Social Engineer has been bringing you the best in Social Engineering information and education.  Social Engineering information, tips, tricks, research, which eventually has branched off and created live, in-person, intensive training classes. As the new year gets into full swing we wanted to highlight some of our upcoming events and announcements.

Chris “loganWHD” Hadnagy will be conducting a round table open discussion at RSA this year. The topic of his panel is “Social Engineering – Is it the Biggest Threat?” Social Engineering (SE) is a hot topic that has gained a lot of notoriety in recent attacks.

Anonymous claims it is using SE in all of its attacks, yet despite the wake of devastation, companies are still reluctant to accept Social Engineer Penetration Tests. Is SE a big threat? If so what NEEDS to be done to protect business from this threat? Find out at RSA!

RSA Conference – March 1st, 2012 @ 2:10pm – Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

This year also marks the start of Social-Engineer.Com’s exciting new 5-day, intensive, live, hands-on classes dubbed Social Engineering for Penetration Testers. We are excited to announce that just 1 month after going live with our dates, our April classes in Bristol, UK are completely SOLD OUT! Seats for this groundbreaking class and certification are going fast!

If the class sells out and you don’t get in – we don’t want to hear any whining. This course is not simply a set of lectures, it’s a hands-on, interactive class led by two of the industry’s most knowledgeable and trusted sources for all things Social Engineering, Chris Hadnagy and Robin Dreeke. This class will give you the skills necessary to take on the Social Engineering Pentest Professional (S.E.P.P.) certification. (as well as give you 40 CPE credits) The Social Engineering for Penetration Testers course will be held in the following locations at dates specified:

March 5th – 9th, 2012 – Seattle, WA, USA
April 9th – 13th, 2012 – Bristol, UK – SOLD OUT
July 21st – 24th, 2012 – Black Hat Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA
August 20th – 24th, 2012 – Bristol, UK
November 12th – 16th, 2012 – Columbia, MD, USA

Eric “Urbal” Maxwell will present full analysis of the data collected during the 2011 Social Engineer Capture the Flag contest held at Defcon 19. This data includes an in-depth look at the contest, the targets, the attackers, and everything in between. Data analyzes how individual companies performed against the attacks, differences in industry defense, types of attacks, tools used, pretexts, attack vectors, and what could have been done to mitigate such attacks. This presentation can be heard at the following events:

2600 – PHX2600 – Feb 3rd, 2012

BSides Phoenix – February 18th, 2012 – Dave & Busters, Tempe, AZ

Also, in January 2012, the SEORG team took over PenTest Magazine and authored 5 articles on Social Engineering!

Mastering the Behavioral Techniques for Quick Rapport and Elicitation – Robin Dreeke
Primer on Priming – Eric Maxwell
Neuro-Linguistic Hacking – Chris Hadnagy
The Power of the Ultimate Social Engineer – Chris Hadnagy
Selling Social Engineering Services – Jim O’Gorman
The Top Five Social Engineering Mitigation Tips – Chris Hadnagy

Of course, we can’t fail to mention that Defcon 20 rapidly approaches.  The SE CTF will be bigger, badder, and sexier than ever. This year (SPOILER ALERT) the SE CTF will be a “Battle of SExes”.  Want more details than that?  You’ll have to wait.  But we are presently searching for willing companies who want to work with us as sponsors, targets and supporters.  We will be announcing the events soon.

In addition, we have been asked to come up with another year of the SE CTF for Kids!  If you thought last year was crazy, this year will prove to be even more amazing.  There will be some serious changes in how this event is structured – it will be more challenging, more fun, and even crazier than last year.

2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for computer security, social engineering, and especially! Stay tuned for everything you have come to expect… informative blogs, hard-hitting newsletters, engaging podcasts, automated toolkits, world-renowned Capture the Flag contests, and industry standard how-to books… and even things you never saw coming… 5-Day LIVE classes taught by the pros! Stay tuned to Social-Engineer, we’re just getting started!